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Florida Tennis Briefs(5): Tournament Announcements, Grants, More

December 5, 2012 12:55 PM
Florida's Top 14s, 12s Tennis Players Prepare for Jr. Orange Bowl
 
The world's top boys and girls 14-under and 12-under tennis players will take to the courts in Coral Gables, Fla., for the 51st annual Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship on Dec. 17-23, 2012, with the qualifying tournament taking place Dec. 14-16.
 
Jr_Orange_Bowl_logo_2012The Boys 14-under division will take place at the University of Miami Tennis Center; the Girls 14-under will be held at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park; the Boys 12-under will be held at the Salvadore Park Tennis Center; and the Girls 12-under will be at The Biltmore Tennis Center.
 
Twenty out of the Top 25-ranked U.S. 14-under boys have entered the tournament, including No. 1 Evan Zhu from Greenbelt, Md., and No. 3 William Blumberg from Greenwich, Conn. South Floridian Alexander del Corral, ranked No. 13 in the U.S., will be a contender.
 
Prominent European players include No. 1 European Mikael Yemer of Sweden, No. 2 Marko Osmakcic of Switzerland, and No. 3 Jay Clarke of Great Britain.
 
The top 14-under boys South American players include No. 1 South American Nicolas Bacella from Argentina, and No. 2 South American Jose Carvajal from Colombia.
 
Eighteen of the top Top 25-ranked 14-under U.S. girls are participating, including No. 2 Sofia Kenin from Pembroke Pines, Fla.
 
Past participants of the Junior Orange Bowl Tennis Championship have included Juan Martin Del Portro, Andy Roddick, Caroline Wozniacki, Justine Henin, Kim Clijsters, Andre Agassi, Monica Seles, Chris Evert, Jim Courier and Mary Joe Fernandez.
 
For more information visit www.jrorangebowl.com.
 
 
USTAProCircuitPalm Coast USTA Pro Circuit Tennis to Hold Wildcard Event
 
The Palm Coast USTA Pro Circuit $10,000 Men's Futures Tournament will hold a Wildcard Tournament on Jan. 19-21, 2013, at the Palm Coast Tennis Center in Palm Coast, Fla.
 
The winner of the event will receive a wildcard entry into the main draw of the USTA Pro Circuit $10,000 Men's Futures Tournament.
 
The USTA Pro Circuit $10,000 Men's Futures Tournament will be held on Jan. 25-Feb. 3, 2013. Entries close for the wildcard event on Jan. 16.
 
"This is the fourth year that Palm Coast hosts the USTA Pro Circuit event," said Tournament Director Aaron Brown. "We have had great ticket sales in the past, and last year's qualifying featured 128 players from 32 different countries."
 
With almost 100 tournaments throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players, as well as a platform for established professionals. Maria Sharapova, James Blake and Andy Murray are among today's top players who began their professional careers on the USTA Pro Circuit. The USTA Pro Circuit is world class tennis administered on the local level and played on local courts as part of the fabric of communities nationwide.
 
For more information e-mail ABrown@KemperSports.com.
 
 
SHARETHELOVEFla. High School Tennis Player Starts After-school Program in Riviera Beach
 
When high school tennis player Gabrielle Holtzman saw children at the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School in Riviera Beach, Fla., just sitting around after school, she decided tennis would be a great way to get them active.
 
Applying for and receiving a USTA Florida (Unted States Tennis Association-Florida Section) "Share the Love" grant for 10 and Under tennis equipment, she worked with school administrators to get kids playing tennis after school.
 
"I knew the kids would love a fun outdoor activity," the Tequesta resident told the Palm Beach Post. "Whenever we show up in the play area, their faces all light up. They are smiling and happy the entire time."
 
Her friends help her teach the approximately 25-35 kids who participate.
 
"I recruited my friends to help me," Holtzman said. "Some are on the tennis team and some just like teaching kids and play tennis as a hobby. They receive community service hours for it. Now, I'm recruiting freshmen and sophomores to teach them how to run the program after I graduate. I also would like to expand this program to other schools."
 
10 and Under Tennis allows smaller children to emulate adult play on smaller court sizes, with racquet sizes that fit their hands, foam and low-compression balls, a simple scoring system, all adjusted to ease kids into the sport. Similar mini-tennis formats have long been popular in Europe, where current star Roger Federer first learned the game with age-adjusted racquets, balls and court sizes.
 
 
 
Taylor Appointed Commissioner of Florida Cup Tennis
 
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Bob Pfaender and Mark Taylor
USTA Florida President Robert Pfaender has appointed Mark Taylor of Safety Harbor, Fla., the commissioner of the Florida Cup.
 
Taylor is the second commissioner of the event, succeeded Clem Hopp of Sarasota who has served as Cup commissioner since the Florida Cup was established in 2004.
 
Taylor, who served on the USTA Florida Board of Directors, Budget and Finance committee, is the USTA Florida Adult Competitive Committee chiarman for a second time after first holding the position from 2005-2008.
 
The Florida Cup will conduct its 10th year of competition in 2013, with the weekend age-group team competition to be held at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
 
The team event features squads from the East and West coasts of the Florida Section competing in a Davis Cup-style format in age divisions from 35's-80's. It will be the third time that PGA National has hosted the event, with the squads each winning once (West in 2009, and East in 2011).
 
The West leads the overall head-to-head 8-1.
 
 
 
3 Florida Schools Receive USTA National Multicultural Grants
 
Florida tennis coaches Rochelle Nikki Goldthreate of Florida A&M University, Chi Ly of Palm Beach Atlantic University, and Jose D. Martinez of Warner University were announced among 16 recipients receiving 2012 USTA Multicultural Grants from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and the United States Tennis Association (USTA) national body.
 
2012MulticulturalGrantsThe $1,000 grants will assist the coaches in covering the cost of attendance at the ITA Coaches Convention, held at the Waldorf Astoria in Naples, Fla., on Dec. 15-18, 2012.
 
"The couple of times that I have gone to the convention, I have come back with new and innovative ways to help my team to improve both mentally and physically with the clinics, panel discussions and the trade shows that are provided at the convention," Goldthreate said. "Also, having the time to talk to other coaches about how they run their practices, recruiting methods, and help with team concepts in an individual sport helps out tremendously in the development of me becoming a better coach."
 
While in Naples, the group of beneficiaries will participate in a series of clinics and events to assist them in their profession, including the Multicultural Coaching Education Symposium presented by USTA Player Development. This training session will provide college coaches with insight into the teaching and coaching philosophy of USTA National Coaches, while also serving as a forum for strategies to increase the number of multicultural tennis coaches and players.
 
"The ITA Coaches Convention has been very beneficial for me because it has not only provided me the opportunity in collecting more resources, drills, and teaching methods from the workshops that I have attended, but I found most beneficial the opportunity to network and exchange ideas with other coaches," Ly said. "Although the workshops are very valuable as we all are continuing to learn and develop our knowledge of the game, I find that I learn the most from the opportunity in hearing other coaches sharing with each other ways to improve the game and ways to make impact our players' lives."
 
Martinez added, "I'm still a very young coach and would really benefit from the opportunity to attend this venue. My limited knowledge I hold in tennis has all been self-taught, I've only had one professional lesson in my entire life due to my family's financial situation. It would be a great honor to be able to attend this event and expand my knowledge from the top tennis minds in the country."
 
An annual event since 1985, the ITA Coaches Convention is one of the best professional development opportunities for collegiate tennis coaches today. Nearly 300 men's and women's college tennis coaches at all levels gather each year for the four-day convention, highlighted by some of the most influential people in the sport of tennis.
 
In addition to offering clinics, panel discussions, an awards banquet, a trade show and a chance to exchange ideas, the ITA Coaches Convention serves as the venue for the association's annual meetings, which includes board of directors, operating committee and roundtable sessions.
 
For more information go to www.itatennis.com/AboutITA/Convention.htm.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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